UGANDA: Investing in Forests and Protected Areas for Climate Smart Development Project
The Government of Uganda is preparing a Project "Investing in Forests and Protected Areas for Climate Smart Development (IFPA-CD)" that will be financed by World Bank (WB), Green Climate Fund and Government of Uganda (GoU). Preparation of the project is led by the Ministry of Water and Environment, together with the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, Uganda Wildlife Authority, and the National Forestry Authority.
The project supports the development and implementation of a resilient landscapes program in the Albert Water Management Zone and West Nile (part of the Upper Nile WMZ). These landscapes support the most carbon-dense forests remaining in Uganda and is also considered a global biodiversity hotspot. Many intact areas of the forest remain in this landscape, but most are under high pressure and forest areas are becoming increasingly fragmented. As these forests fragment, they become increasingly vulnerable to forest fires - a trend exacerbated by longer dry periods being experienced in the Albertine region. Fragmentation is also leading to biodiversity loss and increasingly, Human Wildlife Conflicts as wildlife, such as African elephant and chimpanzees require large ranges and therefore move between remaining blocks of habitat. The Project has so far progressed with the following outputs: